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The Center for Faith Studies’ mission is “to provide study of what it means to be the community of people through whom God is experienced.” The Center offers a spectrum of classes, events and a popular lecture series. The Center has drawn thousands of people from our own congregation and the wider Omaha community and covers a wide range of topics and subject matter.

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Bill McKibben speaking via Skype at Center for Faith Studies May 1 at 6 p.m.

Center for Faith Studies presents Author & Environmentalist, Bill McKibben.
Thursday, May 1st
6:00 p.m. CDT
Countryside Community Church
8787 Pacific St.
Lecture via Skype
Tickets currently available in the church office  as well as at the door on the night of the event.
Suggested donation $10.00


Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Bill’s talk will describe the current state of global warming through an explanation of the basic math and science of climate change. He will give updates on the movement working to end our reliance on fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources.

Bill will join us via Skype in an effort to practice what he preaches, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Eric Elnes, Ph. D. will give a brief introduction and facilitate the discussion.


Video for Ani Zonneveld is now available!

Ani Zonneveld Lecture and Q&A March 27, 2014

Ani Zonneveld from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.

Ani Zonneveld Speaking at Center for Faith Studies March 27

Video for Chaja Verveer is now available

Chaja Verveer presented by the Institute for Holocaust Education and the Center for Faith Studies, March 6 2014.

Chaja Verveer from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.




The Institute for Holocaust Education and Center for Faith Studies presents: Chaja Verveer, March 6 at 7p.m.

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber video now available!

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber Lecture and Q&A
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 p.m.

Nadia Bolz-Weber (2-27-14) from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.



Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber speaking at Center for Faith Studies

Sarah Ruden video now available!

Sarah Ruden speaking on her book, Paul Among The People, The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time
Lecture given Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 p.m.


2014 Center for Faith Studies Events

SAVE THE DATE : Upcoming Center for Faith Studies Events 

Sarah Ruden, February 6, 2014 7:00 p.m. 

Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time 

Nadia Bolz-Weber, February 27, 2014 7:00 p.m. 

Pastrix: The Cranky,Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint 

Chaja Verveer, March 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Institute for Holocaust Education’s 2014 Week of Understanding (for more information visit ihene.org)

Ani Zonneveld, March 27, 2014 7:00 p.m. 

Topic Forthcoming 

We hope to see you at one, or all, of these events. Stay tuned for additional speaker updates!

Video of Joe Starita’s presentation now available!

“I AM A MAN”: CHIEF STANDING BEAR’S JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE given by Joe Starita, recorded Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Countryside Community Church